This has nothing to do with sports, but it’s a Friday afternoon and people seem to have rather inspired takes on the topic of the Mummers Parade.
As you know, there was another instance of black face that took place this month, with members of the Froggy Carr group disqualified despite their explanation that the orange and black color scheme they used was based on the Philadelphia Flyers (who later distanced themselves from the brigade). In years prior, an image of Caitlyn Jenner appeared on a box of Froot Loops and other assorted performances and behaviors took place that were considered to be inappropriate by a portion of the general public. It feels like there’s always some controversy every year.
One of those people in the “disapproving” category is Mayor Jim Kenney, who this week sent a letter to Mummers leadership, asking them to take steps to improve the image of the parade and correct problematic behavior, threatening changes if those requests are not met.
Here’s the letter, via Matt Petrillo over at CBS 3:
I personally don’t have a dog in the fight. Didn’t grow up in the city and didn’t participate in the parade, so I’ll sit on the fence for this one. What I will say is that I almost had a heart attack when I saw the Froggy Carr guy named “Kevin Kinkel” appear on the news.